Scott Hoyman, labor leader, dies at age 93

A life’s work dedicated to southern workers

Scott Hoyman’s dedicated his career to organizing textile workers in the South from 1951 on, as an international representative for what was then the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA).

Scott became Regional Director of TWUA in 1966 and became very involved in the J. P. Stevens organizing and boycott campaign, for the newly merged union ACTWU, bargaining for seven years for that contract. Many young organizers on that campaign attest they were inspired by Scott Hoyman.

In Fall 1973, Scott sat down for an interview with UNC-Chapel Hill for its Southern Oral History Program. Listen to that interview and read the transcript here.

At the end of his career, Scott was Executive Vice President of Amalgamated and Clothing and Textile Workers Union, which would later become UNITE HERE.

Funeral arrangements are pending. For information contact Michele at

The family has designated several charities in lieu of flowers:

Alzheimer’s Association- Eastern North Carolina Chapter
The Cumberland Building
3739 National Drive, Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27612

American Association of University Women Scholarship Fund
c/o Karen Piplani
1502 Halifax Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Medical Outreach Clinic of St.Paul’s Church
316 W. Carolina Avenue
Summerville, SC 29483